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Cinema Studies Commencement Ceremony 2017

Jun 18, 12:30 pm
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Congratulations to the students participating in the Cinema Studies Commencement Ceremony!

Its a Wrap

The Cinema Studies Program will hold its commencement ceremony: 

 Sunday, June 18, 2017 – 12:30 pm – 156 Straub Hall

Reception immediately following the ceremony in the same location.  

More information on the Cinema Studies commencement ceremony will be available soon!

Information on the UO Main Commencement Ceremony on  Monday, June 19, 2017 is available here


What is Life? Conference

Apr 6Apr 8
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Lifestyles • Lifeworlds • Lifeworks

April 6-8, 2017

University of Oregon in Portland

The seventh annual “What is…? ” conference-experience will engage communication, media, and nature by examining everyday life — our lifeworks and lifestyles — emphasizing the lifeworlds (environments) we live in. It will investigate how communication/media constitute and permeate all avenues and forms of life — from scale, pace, and pattern to the public, private, and organic. By building bridges through multidisciplinary networks, the event emphasizes how communication is instrumental in and for living systems. What is life and how is life mediated?

What is Life? (2017) builds on last year’s conference, What is Media? (2016), expanding a transdisciplinary notion of medium/media with special attention to its material, historical, and ecological ramifications. It marks the second collaboration with scholars from the natural sciences (physical and life sciences) and the arts.

The experience will bring together scholars, government and community officials, industry professionals, alumni and students, as well as scientists, artists, filmmakers, grassroots community organizations, and the public. We welcome submissions for plenary speakers, roundtables, paper presentations, installations, and special events. A wide range of possible topics and potential themes can be found at the online at the  Call for Proposals.

For more information, visit the What Is Life website.

A&AA Interdisciplinary Lecture: Erkki Huhtamo

Feb 27, 5:30 pm
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University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts A&AA Interdisciplinary Lecture

Erkki Huhtamo: “Screenology, or Media Archaeology of the Screen”

Monday, February 27

Lawrence Hall, Room 177 

Reception: 5:30 p.m.

Lecture: 6:00 p.m.

Media screens are both present and absent, both well known and unknown. Pervasive use makes them ‘vanish.’ We look through them, not at them. Even cracked smartphone screens do not attract attention to their wounded surfaces. The users read messages and “realities” through the cracks which they barely notice. Screens not only disguise themselves; they hide the history of their own becoming. The media archaeologist’s task is to make the screens visible again and to excavate the cultural contexts where they have been used and given meanings – even hundreds of years ago. This lecture is based on the author’s forthcoming book Screenology, or Media Archaeology of the Screen. It demonstrates one possible way of researching screens, suggesting a new approach for media studies.

For more information, please visit the event page.

Join the UFO for the 2017 Oscar Watch Party

Feb 26, 5:00 pm

OSCARS2017Join the University Film Organization for a great night of live Oscar viewing, games, trivia, food, and prizes!

Wear your red carpet best and hang out with old and new friends! All majors welcome–you don’t have to attend the UFO club to join us for the party!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

5:00 p.m.

EMU Crater Lake Room

For more information, visit the UFO Facebook Event.

Sponsored by Cinema Studies

Keywords for Video Game Studies: Nature

Feb 22, 4:00 pm
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keywords_uo_nature_chang-1d4omm1Please join us for the second in a series of lectures:

Keywords for Video Game Studies

Speaker series

Second lecture: Nature

Date: February 22, 2017
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Location: EMU 023, Lease Crutcher Lewis Room, University of Oregon


“The Problem of Modeling (and Rendering) Trees” with Alenda Chang

Can you commune with nature in a video game? The rise of so-called “walking simulator” games suggests that you can, even as games remain undertheorized as environmental systems. Ranging from first-person walkers, to plant modeling software and asset libraries, to gestural terraforming in virtual reality, this presentation will outline just a few of the ways in which the environmental humanities can contribute to the future of game studies.

Alenda Y. Chang is an Assistant Professor in Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara.  With a multidisciplinary background in biology, literature, and film, she specializes in merging ecocritical theory with the analysis of contemporary media.  Her writing has recently been featured in Ant Spider BeeInterdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and Qui Parle, and her current book project develops ecological frameworks for understanding and designing digital games.  She also maintains the Growing Gamesblog as a resource for researchers in game and ecomedia studies and the environmental humanities.

An image of the flyer is also available below. PDF version here. We hope to see you there!

Series made possible by Environmental Studies, English, Cinema Studies, the New Media and Culture Certificate program, Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Center for the Study of Women in Society.  Other support includes the LGBTQIA Scholars Academic Residence Community, LGBT Education Support Services, UO Housing, the UO Residence Hall Association, and UO Think.Play. 
Contact Dr. Edmond Y. Chang for more information at or visit the Women’s and Gender Studies website.

Screening of “Roman Holiday” with introduction by Asst. Professor Daniel Steinhart

Feb 21, 7:00 pm
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RomanHolidayA Special Screening of Roman Holiday (1953)

The film will be introduced by Assistant Professor Daniel Steinhart (Cinema Studies and SOJC).

Assistant Professor Steinhart will discuss the film within the context of Hollywood film productions in postwar Italy.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bijou Art Cinemas – 492 E 13th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon
Free with a UO card

Talk and screening: Nora Naranjo Morse “Always Becoming”

Feb 16, 6:00 pm
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Nora Naranjo Morse Public Talk - PBK Visiting Scholar

The Alpha of Oregon chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is honored to host Nora Naranjo Morse as the 2017 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar at the University of Oregon

Nora Naranjo Morse “Always Becoming

Thursday, February 16, 2017

6:00 p.m.

Lawrence Hall 177

Free and open to the public


A documentary screening, lecture, and discussion will explore Nora Noranjo Morse’s Always Becoming (AB), a living art piece made of organic material. The five sculptures of AB are ephemeral, and were installed outside of the National Museum of the American Indian on the Smithsonian Mall in Washington D.C. She is a sculptor, writer, and producer of video films that look at the continuing social changes within Pueblo Indian culture. Her installation exhibits and large-scale public art speak to environmental, cultural, and social practice issues. Beyond New Mexico and Washington D.C., her work can be seen at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.


Viewing Party of Web Series “Brown Girls”

Feb 15, 5:45 pm
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image‘Brown Girls’ is an intimate story of the lives of two young women of color. Leila is a South Asian-American writer just now owning her queerness. Patricia is a sex-positive Black-American musician who is struggling to commit to anything: job, art and relationships. While the two women come from completely different backgrounds, their friendship is ultimately what they lean on to get through the messiness of their mid-twenties.

Wednesday, Feb 15th 5:45pm

Allen Hall 211

Limited seating so arrive on time; first come, first serve




Media: Vice review; Interview with Writer, Fatimah Asghar; Remezcla review; OUT review


Cinema Studies Presents: Feminist Media Studies Symposium

Feb 10, 5:00 pmFeb 11, 4:30 pm

Symposium_Monitor_FINALFeminist Media Studies Symposium

In honor of University of Oregon Professor Emerita Kathleen Rowe Karlyn, PhD ’92

University of Oregon in Portland

White Stag Block

February 10 – 11, 2017

The Cinema Studies Program presents the Feminist Media Studies Symposium in honor of the outstanding legacy of University of Oregon Professor Emerita Kathleen Rowe Karlyn, founding director of the Cinema Studies Program and internationally renowned feminist media scholar.

The Feminist Media Studies Symposium will bring together the most interesting research at the intersection of the fields that Professor Karlyn helped define in ways that both engage with the intellectual questions central to her oeuvre and build on them to suggest the new directions in which feminist media studies is now moving.

The symposium will profile presentations by colleagues and former students of Professor Karlyn, UO alumni, and others who have high profile careers in media production and content creation outside of academia. The symposium will also showcase graduate and undergraduate research in film and media studies at the University of Oregon.

By bringing together colleagues, researchers, and media professionals, as well as University of Oregon graduate and undergraduate students and alumni, the symposium seeks to engage in scholarly dialogue as well as help renew and generate new networks among the attendees.

Welcome Reception and Plenary

Friday, February 10, 2017 – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm – UO in Portland – White Stag Block

The evening features a plenary by Professor Karlyn where she will discuss trends in the field of cinema and media studies from within both research and curricular frameworks. In addition, participants will offer tributes and reminiscences about Professor Karlyn and interact in a more informal setting.


Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 9:00 am to 4:30 pm – UO in Portland – White Stag Block

Breakfast and lunch provided 

The symposium features panel presentations focused on research with invited guests, faculty, and students presenting papers. An additional panel presentation will feature alumni and former students who have careers outside of academia who will discuss the types of training and experience that make such careers possible.

Pre-registration Information

Thank you for your interest in attending the symposium.  The event is now full, and registration is closed. 

For more information

Kathleen Rowe Karlyn, Ph.D ‘92

karlynFounding Director of the Cinema Studies Program, University of Oregon
Professor Emerita, Department of English, University of Oregon

Kathleen Rowe Karlyn came to academia after shorter careers in secondary education and print journalism. During her years in the UO’s English Department, Julia Lesage and Professor Karlyn created and administered an interdisciplinary Certificate in Film Studies, which lay the foundation for the current Cinema Studies major. Professor Karlyn has taken pleasure and pride in the institutional continuity represented by being a member of the last class to earn a degree from Oregon’s former Telecommunication and Film program and by serving as the first director of its new Cinema Studies major. Professor Karlyn has written two books, a number of articles and is in the early stages of a third book, co-edited with Sarah Kozloff, on female directors. Read more…

“Promised Land” Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Feb 10, 6:00 pm
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Promised Land February 10 copyPromised Land is an award-winning documentary film about the ongoing struggle for federal recognition of the Chinook Indian Nation and the Duwamish Tribe.  Beyond that, it’s a film about what it means to be Indian today.

Panel discussion to follow, featuring Chinook Indian Nation Tribal Chairman Tony Johnson, Tribal Vice Chairman Sam Robinson, Filmmakers Vasant and Sarah Salcedo, Chinook tribal member and UO alumna Rachel Cushman, and songs from Chinook canoe family.

Feb 10, 2017

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

175 UO Law School, 1515 Agate

For more information, please read here.

Sponsored by Native American Studies, UO Libraries, and the Native American Law Student Association.